In-car video highlights from our 77th Members Meeting.
Goodwood’s, season opening, Members Meeting was as good as it ever is. Even without the snow. For weeks we’ve been in preparation for the Betty Richmond Trophy with out FIA Mini Cooper S. We decided early on that we wanted to put in a good effort and make the most of the opportunity. We new the original engine wasn’t making enough power to compete with most of this grid so we chose to build a new one. We went to Swiftune for many of the internal components and built ourselves an engine with comparable performance. Charles Rainford was to pilot the car for the event but other than one test session he was new to Mini racing. Even still, qualifying came around and he brought the car home in 16th out of 30 cars. The first heat was Saturday afternoon and after a long, 4-car, battle Charles managed to finish 13th, clinching a much desired spot in Sundays final. Sundays race was fairly straight forward and despite an overheating clutch and a slow puncture on the front left we managed to finish the weekend 24th out of 60 Minis. We couldn’t be happier with this result. Thanks to Chris Harper and Mini Sport for all their help.
We are pleased to announce that our tartan red FIA Mini Cooper S will be competing for the Betty Richmond Trophy at Goodwood’s GRRC 77th Member Meeting this April. Following a blistering run up the hill at FOS in the John Rhodes mini we will once again have our own Charles Rainford behind the wheel. Although the car has not seen much action since being completed we are currently building a new race engine for it in an effort to maximise our chances of a strong result. Competition will be fierce so we want to give Charles and the car the best possible chance.
The car was built to illustrate our book with much support from MiniSport along with other suppliers. Click here to find out more about the book.
A very interesting project has arrived here at CCK. The car is one of a Myriad of MG based specials that were raced around the world during the 50’s and 60’s. This one is the ex-works racing car from the Australian firm Milano. It is based on an MG J2 chassis and features a fibreglass body styled after the Ferrari 750 Monza. The car is small and light with ample power provided by the 1500cc MG XPAG engine. The car received a quick prep prior to its first outing at the GRRC track day at Goodwood. There is a lot more work to be done before it’s ready to satisfy the scrutineers but the first race is planned for Mallory Park on September 2nd.
We had the pleasure of running the John Rhodes Mini Cooper S at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. John is 90 years old now and asked our Charles to drive it up the hill for him. The times got better with each run. His best time of 62.3 was in the Final Shootout on Sunday afternoon beating the Alan Mann Escort by a tenth of a second.
To say it was cold is an understatement. It was bitter, but then who are we if we don’t have the weather to complain about. This weather was so bad it will keep us going with out complaints for the whole season. F5000 cars in the snow? Yep! Still thoroughly enjoyed the racing though so all was not lost. The Gurney Cup was epic as was the Sears Trophy, Gerry Marshall Trophy and the Bolster Cup for pre-war Specials. We had Dave Griffiths out in the Ronnie Hoare Trophy race in the best looking Triumph TR4 on the grid. The black and red Triumph was back at Goodwood for the 2nd time having raced previously at the GRRC 73rd Members Meeting.